Two weeks ago, Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie predicted that Governor Jon Corzine would blame New Jersey’s economic woes on the global economic crisis. “The governor’s going to say, ‘It’s not my fault, it’s not my fault, it’s the global economic crisis’s fault,” the former U.S. Attorney said.
Christie was close. Corzine never called the crisis global; in his budget address he mentioned the “national economic crisis.”
But the “global economic crisis” catch phrase is already getting plenty of play. One press release put out by the Assembly Democratic office last week used the words “global economic crisis “five times. Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), in a statement issued yesterday, said: “The Governor should be commended for proposing a bold plan to help stave off this global economic crisis.” Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden), Assemblyman Jack Conners (D-Pennsauken), and State Treasurer David Rousseau all used the “global economic crisis” terminology.
One Democrat went a bit off message: Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, in an interview with the Star-Ledger, praised Corzine while noting that he was being held responsible for actions of past administrations.